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Old July 11, 2012, 05:56 PM
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I built a pc two years ago and its been a terrible experience. Mostly because of the freezing and lock-ups in games. So this time i would like some advice in the compatibility of the part so i won't run into any problems.


1. My Pc will be used for gaming (minecraft to Crysis 2, BF3, MW3) also video encoding and stuff like photoshop. I would like it to run smooth.

2. $900 is my price point or lower

3. USA, California

4. Not that much of a fan boy of companies just want compatible parts, good price and performance.

5. Have a 23 inch monitor

6. I have read tons and frankly im tired of reading success stories of others build when my last one sucked. and cost my money ~1500 and it freezes constantly

7. I'm familiar with overclocking but i would like it to boost performance.

8. I would like to start ordering the parts because i have 5 brothers and one pc that crashes.

9. 1920x1080 monitor but recently everything on high settings. I would like good looking graphics and it to be smooth.

10. Don't care about noise and 1tb hdd would be good



CPU:i5-3570K
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155
GPU:SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB
Memory (RAM): G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
Drive: Asus 24x
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 750W
Case: Thermaltake V9 Black Edition

Any Suggestions would help.

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Old July 11, 2012, 11:28 PM
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If your doing video encoding and photoshop I would look at getting 16gb of Ram and Maybe an SSD if it fits in your budget
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Old July 12, 2012, 01:07 AM
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What is the spec's of your last computer... Just cos your having problems doesn't mean that you necessarily did anything wrong or need a total new build to give the performance your looking for.
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Old July 12, 2012, 03:18 AM
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If you are looking to overclock, I would stick to Sandy Bridge. Less heat when overclocked. A 2500K would do all your needs fine and save you a bit of cash. I would also look at an Asus Z68 Matx Gene motherboard. They are smaller but the overclocking potential is much better.
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Old July 12, 2012, 06:01 AM
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Case : Antec 300 $54.99
PSU: Corsair TX650 $89.99
CPU: Intel SandyBridge $209.99
Cooler: Corsair H60 $64.99
Mobo: Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 $144.99(124.99 with rebate)
GFX: Zotac Amp!Edition 560Ti $209.99 (179.99 with rebate)
Memory: G.Skill Value 16GB 2x8 $87.99
Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB $89.99
Burner: Asus 24x $18.99

Total: $971.91 - $50 for the rebates $921.91

All prices from Newegg.com......not .ca :)

You can Change the GFX card to your liking but this combo with perform very well just about any game you throw at it. I know it will do BF3 with all turned to Ultra no AA, 8x AF @1920x1080. i know it's a smidge over your budget, but it's worth it....especially to get a decent board for overclocking.
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Old July 12, 2012, 11:57 AM
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My old pc build:
CPU: AMD Phenon 955 not oc
Gpu: xfx 5770
Memory: corsair cmx4gx3m2a1600c7
Psu: coolermaster 750w I went through two b/c the fist poped/fried
Motherboard: Asus m4a89gtd pro/usb3
CPU cooler: Corsair h50


Also I made some changes With the parts.
CPU cooler: hyper 212
I don't think I will be overclocking
Psu: seasonic 620w
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK
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Old July 13, 2012, 03:01 AM
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You will definitely notice a difference BUT your on the edge of where an upgrade is needed. (though a GPU upgrade and more ram would help quite a bit)

I would go for a slightly better board than the LX from Asus.. The Asrock wasn't a bad choice but alternatively the Asus maximus gene is better than the LX and it's Matx(smaller board)
At least bump to the P8Z77 V Pro in my opinion.

Hyper 212 will allow you to oc reasonably well.
620 watt PSU should be fine for pretty much any single card set-up unless you put everything at max load and oc (which rarely if ever happens)

For rendering.. grab a 2x8Gb kit.. will be worth it. (the new samsung stuff is apparently very good)
nout wrong with a 4x4 kit but it leaves you less space to put in more in the future if you decide that you want more.

Could possibly save some on the case too.
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Old July 14, 2012, 12:47 PM
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Just got all my stuff and ready to build my new PC:

CPU: Intel Core i7 3930K, 6 core/12 threads, 3.9ghz up to 64gb
Mobo: Asus Rampage IV Extreme/LGA2011/X79
Monitor: Asus VK27Q 1920X1080,HD
Case: Antec P280
PSU: Enermax Galaxy Evo 1250w
Memory: Corsair Vengeance, 4x4 gig, DDR3, 1600MHZ
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 560 ti 448
OS: Window 7 Professional 64
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX
Water Cooling: Corsair H80
Primary Drive: OCZ VERTEX 3 SATA III 3.5" SSD, 240gig,
Secondary Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm, 3tb, 3tb, 2tb, 1tb plus external 2tb WD
Optical Drive: Pionner DVD, Pionner Blu-Ray

So it should installed and working by Tuesday July 17, 2012 at around 15:00, if everything goes well and I don't find a way to screw up things! So wish me luck it is after all my first time, I have read a lot of your comments observe a lot of YOUTUBE how to, so I feel I am ready to jump in!
Thank you all for your precious information I will let you know how it went if I survive the installation.
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Old July 14, 2012, 07:54 PM
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Jealous!

But good choice on the parts. PSU is overkill but if your SLI or Tri-SLI'ing is a good choice.
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Old July 25, 2012, 06:13 PM
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Finally installed all the parts, the PC is working fine! Now I know what it feels like to be in full throttle mode, I am a happy, happy, happy person! Don't think I missed anything, although now I will need help to pick some games don't know what I like and don't know what to get... I am first time gamer so any of you expert on the matter please stand up and speak to me. Thank you for your wise information...
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